About Dr. Ray

Dr. Sarah L. Ray is a licensed clinical psychologist and the owner of Advanced Health Care. She graduated from the University of Michigan Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Ray facilitated Alcohol Management Workshops for students recognized as problem drinkers, as well as served as a mentor for adolescent girls diagnosed with mental illness and pervasive developmental disorders. She was the program assistant for a therapeutic summer day camp for homeless children, and she also worked as an activities therapist at the University of Michigan Mott's Children's Hospital. In addition, she served as an assistant head counselor and researcher at a residential summer camp, Ramapo for Children, in Rhinebeck, New York. Dr. Ray was awarded a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. During this time, she worked at the Areta Crowell Center, an outpatient community mental health clinic serving adults with severe mental health disorders. At Areta Crowell, she provided short and long-term psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological assessments. At Springall Academy, a public school in San Diego for special needs children, Dr. Ray provided individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention to children and adolescents diagnosed with mood disorders, learning disabilities, behavior problems, and autism. She also worked at Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, a private psychiatric hospital serving children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with a wide range of acute mental health disorders and addictions. At Aurora, Dr. Ray provided short-term inpatient psychotherapy, long-term outpatient psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, as well as performed psychological evaluations. She also served as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist at Vista Balboa Crisis House. Her research interests have included the effects of nature on the mental health of teen girls, maternal impacts of child gender socialization, rates of depression and alcohol use in pregnant women, as well as the impact of violence on Head Start preschoolers. During her training, Dr. Ray was a psychological assistant under Dr. Steven Hirsch at Advanced Health Care, a private practice serving children, adolescents, and adults. She provided short and long term outpatient psychotherapy and assisted with Workmen’s Compensation evaluations. In 2008, she became the owner and primary clinician at Advanced Health Care. She has continued to specialize in providing individual short and long term psychotherapy with adults, children, and adolescents suffering with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, chronic pain, grief, change of life issues, relationship problems, addictions, and stress. She also specializes in conducting Workmen’s Compensation evaluations, completing chemical dependency evaluations for custody cases through Family Court Services, and providing evaluation and treatment for DUI cases,as well as Agreed Medical Evaluations and Expert Witness services for chronic pain. Dr. Ray is a Qualified Medical Evaluator in the state of California, she also served as an Agreed Medical Evaluator and as an expert witness in Chronic Pain in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Litigation.